Where to Buy Poppy Seeds for Tea: Find the Best & Most Potent Seeds

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As more and more people learn about poppy seed tea, it becomes even more difficult to find quality unwashed poppy seeds.  I have had several people ask me where to buy poppy seeds for tea.  This post will help discuss the best places to find unwashed poppy seeds, and it will include instructions describing what to look for before you purchase seeds.  You can also visit my current list of the best poppy seeds that you can purchase online.

This post is for informational purposes only, I do not suggest growing or ingesting poppy plants in any form.  It is dangerous and can lead to possible addiction.

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Poppy Seeds Species

If you are looking for quality seeds to make poppy seed tea, you need to know what kind of seeds to look for.  The poppy seeds need to be from the opium poppy plant, Papaver somniferum.  Most poppy seeds sold in grocery stores are from this plant.  If the package, container, or item description does not state what type of poppy flower seeds are used, then you should ask the manufacturer to ensure it is the correct species.

Unwashed Seeds

One of the first details you need to confirm is whether or not the seeds have been washed.  You need to find unwashed seeds that still contain the desirable alkaloids. The package or item description should state whether the seeds are unwashed.  If it doesn’t, you can ask the manufacturer or you can look for signs that the seeds are unwashed.  Unwashed poppy seeds will be dark in color (dark blue, navy, or almost black). There will also be small pieces of debris in the package/container as well.  These small pieces are usually crushed up pieces of the poppy plant including the pod and stem.  They usually appear jagged and can be brown in color.

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Purchasing Poppy Seeds at Grocery Stores

Most large retailers do not sell large quantities of unwashed seeds.  Your best chance for finding quality unwashed seeds locally is to search health food stores.  In my hometown, Sprouts is a good place to start.  They sell various types of poppy seeds, and some of them are washed.  The best seeds can usually be found in the bulk seed containers, and they are frequently sold out.  You will most likely not be alone in searching for unwashed poppy seeds, so it will be difficult to find them in stock even at stores that carry them.  Be careful to check the appearance before you purchase any seeds locally.

Purchasing Poppy Seeds Online 

I usually suggest searching for quality unwashed seeds online.  I have an updated list of the best poppy seeds that can usually be found on Amazon.  There are several benefits of purchasing the seeds online.  One of the main benefits is you can check current reviews and shop around from the comfort of your own home.  I can find better prices online versus purchasing the seeds locally, and the online seeds are much higher quality.  The drawback of purchasing the seeds online is the time it takes to ship to you.  That’s why I recommend Amazon.


The best place to find quality unwashed poppy seeds for poppy seed tea is online.  You can venture into local health food stores, but it will be difficult to find  a place that carries them in bulk that has them in stock.  Remember to look at the appearance of the seeds themselves in addition to packaging to ensure you buy the best seeds.

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Sincerely Nuts is an excellent brand of unwashed poppy seeds. They have been selling unwashed poppy seeds for years, and they can currently be purchased on Amazon. I have included an Amazon link to the 3 pound package below:

Sincerely Nuts Whole Blue Poppy Seeds 3LB Bag

Where to Buy Poppy Seeds for Tea: Comments

Do you know of other places to find unwashed poppy seeds for tea?  Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments section below:

Where to Buy Poppy Seeds for Tea
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Where to Buy Poppy Seeds for Tea
Learn Where to Buy Poppy Seeds for Tea. It's difficult to find unwashed poppy seeds to make tea. This guide will help you find the strongest seeds possible.
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